January 10, 2014

Why the Suddenly Aggressive Behavior by China?

Gary Schmitt, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

It would be difficult to believe that Chinese leaders did not expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But that raises the question of why those leaders are behaving the way they are when China has so many domestic problems that need urgent attention, and when China's continued growth and ability to deal with those problems depends on a stable international order. Why pick fights now?

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